The shortlist is:
- Am I Black Enough For You? (Anita Heiss, Bantam)
- The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die (David Nyuol Vincent & Carol Nader, A&U)
- Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From (Tim Soutphommasane, NewSouth)
- The People Smuggler (Robin de Crespigny, Viking).
The Human Rights Literature Award is presented annually by the Australian Human Rights Commission and this year the award winner will be announced on 10 December.